Welcome to the Hollow Log Didgeridoos website!

 

Traditional didgeridoo in the making

Traditional didgeridoo in the making

Hollow Log Didgeridoos is dedicated to the traditional didgeridoos made and played across the Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia. ‘Hollow Log’ refers to the eucalyptus logs that hollowed by the termites and used as traditional material for didgeridoos for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. We believe, that these naturally prepared logs are the best material to deliver the ‘original’ sound of the didgeridoo.

Our focus is to source quality, original and authentic instruments with real cultural values, while maintaining living connection with the traditional custodians of the didgeridoo.

Hollow Log Didgeridoos is selling didgeridoos online. The instruments are located in Yirrkala, and Melbourne in Australia, also in London and Budapest in Europe. We wish to offer access to quality traditional instruments for didgeridoo players and enthusiasts who are interested not only in quality didgeridoos, but also in instruments with high cultural integrity.

 

Janos Kerekes, didgeridoo player and ambassador, founder of Hollow Log Didgeridoos

Janos was born and raised in Hungary, this was where he first met the instrument in 1999. Although in the early days he approached the didgeridoo in a contemporary way as a player, he always felt that learning about its ‘cultural background’ is an important part of his journey.

During the coming years Janos was looking for the sound of the didgeridoo that represent his connection to this unique instrument. He first visited Australia in 2006, where he was working with a didgeridoo maker in Far-North Queensland – the experience of cutting and making instruments in the bush strengthened his dedication towards the termite-hollowed eucalyptus instruments. After his return back to Europe, he was working at Ethnosound worldmusic instrument shop in Budapest as cultural promoter and even coordinator. During this period he was actively performing as a didgeridoo player in several projects to incorporate the instrument in the Hungarian traditional and contemporary music scene. He was the co-producer, composer and artist of the Gudanjabro Didgeridoo Duo that released its debut album in 2008.

Over these years his attention gradually turned towards the traditional playing styles of the Top End of Australia. In 2009 Janos moved to Australia, where he is since studying the different traditional didgeridoo and the distinctive playing styles through the Northern Territory. He is looking for the ‘classical’ sound of the didgeridoo while learning about the traditional Indigenous knowledge and the languages of the region. He believes that this` hollowed wooden tube` has the best, the original and the proper sound on its cultural ground, it belongs there, and it carries a universal message that can speak to anyone.

Janos created Hollow Log Didgeridoos in 2013 to establish an online surface where he is able to showcase the traditional didgeridoo. He feels it is important to talk about the Aboriginal culture and the didgeridoo as a ‘balanda’, non-Aboriginal contemporary player to help others to understand, value and respect the traditional culture of the instrument, and the People who invented it. As a didgeridoo enthusiast he thinks it is vital to maintain connection to the traditional custodians, learn their ways of life, beliefs and languages.

He is studying the Yolŋu languages and culture at Charles Darwin University. Currently he is living in Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, working at ARDS Aboriginal Corporation and Yolŋu Radio as cross-cultural facilitator that gives him a great opportunity to incorporate the didgeridoo and his keen interest towards the Aboriginal culture into his everyday life.

 

 

Hollow Log Didgeridoos would like to say thank you: Gurruwiwi family, Yolŋu Studies at Charles Darwin University, Buku-Larrŋay Mulka Centre and Jeremy Cloake, iDidj Australia, ARDS Aboriginal Resources and Development Services, Lirrwi Tourism, Richard Szikoi for the website, and all of you who are supporting us on the journey.